Thailand

A heat map of the casinos clustered around Thailand’s borders are a strong indicator of how much interest there would be if the Kingdom were to legalize gambling.

The push to legalize casinos in Thailand appears to be gathering momentum, though experts say any reforms are unlikely to have much of an impact on the thriving illegal market, which is estimated at more than $5 billion a year. 

The push to legalize casinos in Thailand appears to be gathering momentum, though experts say any reforms are unlikely to have much of an impact on the thriving illegal market, which is estimated at more than $5 billion a year. Academics in the country, who focus on gaming, say there is increasing confidence that the issue of casinos will be raised again after the next general election, expected in late 2018. It would be the  most significant step in gaming industry reforms since Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932.

 



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A heat map of the casinos clustered around Thailand’s borders are a strong indicator of how much interest there would be if the Kingdom were to legalize gambling.

A heat map of the casinos clustered around Thailand’s borders are a strong indicator of how much interest there would be if the Kingdom were to legalize gambling.



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Delegates from the Thailand Government Lottery Office visited the offices of the the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) earlier this month to learn about transitioning from physical to online lottery.

Thailand would be a major draw for foreign investors were it to legalize its casino industry and would likely provide significant competition for other regional jurisdictions, according to panelists at the recent ASEAN Gaming Summit.

Thailand would be a major draw for foreign investors were it to legalize its casino industry and would likely provide significant competition for other regional jurisdictions, according to panelists at the recent ASEAN Gaming Summit.

 

Thailand would be a major draw for foreign investors were it to legalize its casino industry and would likely provide significant competition for other regional jurisdictions, according to panelists at the recent ASEAN Gaming Summit. The Southeast Asian country already has well-established tourist infrastructure pulling in more than 32 million visitors a year, though the real draw would be if locals were allowed to gamble.

 



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Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said the ministry has not written to authorities in neighbouring Cambodia regarding a disputed border casino,The Nation reports.

Thai government efforts to reform its multi-billion dollar state lottery appear to be making little headway, with experts saying some of the fundamental problems are unlikely to be resolved until an online system is introduced.

Gaming addiction is viewed as a major challenge across Asia, with growing access to online and mobile gaming raising the risk for problem behaviour, researchers say.

 

Gaming addiction is viewed as a major challenge across Asia, with growing access to online and mobile gaming raising the risk for problem behaviour, researchers say. Concern over problem gambling is often cited as a key reason why regional governments ban access to casinos for their residents and how to effectively tackle the issue may play a role in shaping future legislation.



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Four South Korean men have been arrested in Thailand for allegedly operating an online gaming operation from a rented house in Pattaya.

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